Social Determinants of Health / Edition 2

Social Determinants of Health / Edition 2

by Michael Marmot
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198565895

ISBN-13: 9780198565895

Pub. Date: 11/24/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Social Determinants of Health, 2E gives an authoritative overview of the social and economic factors which are known to be the most powerful determinants of population health in modern societies. Written by acknowledged experts in each field, it provides accessible summaries of the scientific justification for isolating different aspects of social and economic life

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Social Determinants of Health, 2E gives an authoritative overview of the social and economic factors which are known to be the most powerful determinants of population health in modern societies. Written by acknowledged experts in each field, it provides accessible summaries of the scientific justification for isolating different aspects of social and economic life as the primary determinants of a population's health.

The new edition takes account of the most recent research and also includes additional chapters on ethnicity and health, sexual behaviors, the elderly, housing and neighborhoods.

Recognition of the power of socioeconomic factors as determinants of health came initially from research on health inequalities. This has led to a view of health as not simply about individual behavior or exposure to risk, but how the socially and economically structured way of life of a population shapes its health. Thus exercise and accidents as as much about a society's transport system as about individual decisions; and the nation's diet involves agriculture, food manufacture, retailing, and personal incomes as much as individual choice. But a major new element in the picture we have developed is the importance of the social, or psycho-social, environment to health. For example, health in the workplace for most employees - certainly for office workers - is less a matter of exposure to physical health hazards as of the social envrionment, of how supportive it is, whether people have control over their work, whether their jobs are secure. A similar picture emerges in other areas ranging from the health importance of the emotional envrionment in early childhood to the need for more socially cohesive communities.

Social Determinants of Health, 2E should be read by those interested in the wellbeing of modern societies. It is a must for public health professionals, for health promotion specialists, and for people working in the many fields of public policy which we now know make such an important contribution to health.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198565895
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/24/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
437,588
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Michael Marmot
2. Social organization, stress and health, Eric Brunner and Michael Marmot
3. Early life, Michael Marmot and Suzie Butterworth
4. The life course, the social gradient and health, David Blane
5. Health and labour market disadvantage: unemployment, non-employment and job insecurity, Mel Bartley, Jane Ferrie and Scott M Montgomery
6. Health and the psychosocial environment at work, Michael Marmot, Johannes Siegrist and Tores Theorell
7. Transport and health, Mark McCarthy
8. Social supoort and social cohesion, Stephen A Stansfeld
9. Food is a political issue, Aileen Robertson, Eric Brunner and Aubrey Sheiham
10. Poverty, social exclusion, and minorities, Mary Shaw, Danny Dorlin and George Davey Smith
11. Social patterning of individual health behaviours: the case of cigarette smoking, Martin J Jarvis and Jane Wardle
12. The social determination of ethnic/racial inequalities in health, james Y Nazroo and David R Williams
13. Social determinants of health in older age, Anne McMunn, Elizabeth Breeze, Alissa Goodman, James Nazroo and Zoe Oldfield
14. Neighbourhoods, housing and health, Mai Stafford and Mark McCarthy
15. Social determinants, sexual behaviour and sexual health, Anne M Johnson, Catherine H Mercer, Jackie A Cassell
16. Ourselves and others - for better or worse: Social vulnerability and inequality, Richard G Wilkinson
Epilogue, Agis Tsouros

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